Rare Sex Pistols God Save The Queen vinyl sells for over $23,000

Rock News 11/01/2019

A rare Sex Pistols 7-inch vinyl record has become the most expensive item sold on Discogs, an online music marketplace.

The God Save The Queen single sold for $US15,882 ($NZ23,418). Previously, the highest-valued record sold on Discogs was The Beatles' Love Me Do, which was bought for $US14,757 in March 2018.

Both pale in comparison to the $US300,000 Jack White spent on an Elvis Presley test recording from 1948.

The Sex Pistols originally signed to A&M Records in 1977. After an intoxicated altercation in the record label's offices following the signing, the English punk rock band's contract was reportedly shredded after only six days.

A&M Records had pressed 25,000 copies of God Save The Queen in May 1977, but today only nine copies are believed to exist. For that reason, it is considered one of the rarest punk rock records off all time.

Originally comprised of lead vocalist Johnny Rotten, drummer Paul Cook, guitarist Steve Jones and bassist Glen Matlock, the band replaced Matlock with the controversial Sid Vicious in early 1977.

Before their breakup in January 1978, the band only released four singles and one album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. The single "God Save The Queen" attacked citizens' devotion to the English monarch and social conformity.